As part of my marathon training(first) , i am required to do hill reps, 2 mins uphill 3 rest/downhill, how do you determine what is a hill and what is a gentle slope/ Everest.
Hills vary on how fit I am. If I can get up it in one go without collapsing at the top, it's slope or up flat. If I have to walk after halfway, it's a hill. If I have to walk before halfway it's a f**king big hill.
If I get to the bottom and cry, I usually find another route. Eventually even the sobbing ones become runnable.
Whereabouts are you? I did the Bath half last year, which to me (living in hilly Devon) was flat, with only a couple of inclines over railway lines. I passed people during the race who were complaining about the hard hills!
Mark, for genuine hill sessions I'd say it would need to be sufficiently steep to at least change your running action - as opposed to a very gentle slope which just slows you down a tad. One of the objectives of hill training is to strengthen leg muscles that flat running doesn't quite reach, e.g. if you're forced to run up on your toes your calves will get more involved in the push-off from the ground. On the other hand you don't want to be scrambling up a scree slope because you won't be able to manage 2 mins continuous running, so it'll be a matter of seeing what suits your fitness level.
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